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  • Koester eager for success at Hoffman Estates Jun 9, 2014 8:19 PM
    As a high school athlete, Mike Koester was used to success. He was a receiver for two football teams at Marengo High School that advanced to the IHSA state semifinals and he played on a basketball team that advanced to the Sweet 16. “By having that level of success in my high school career taught me some very important lessons I still carry with me today.” Koester said. Now he hopes to carry that success into his new job as the head coach for the Hoffman Estates girls basketball team.

     
  • Wauconda’s Magiera will double up at Augustana Jun 2, 2014 9:22 PM
    Wauconda football player and wrestler Nate Magiera plans on continuing each sport in college. He has selected Augustana in Rock Island, where he will be a member of coach Rob Cushman’s football program and coach Eric Juergens’ defending College of Illinois and Wisconsin champion wrestling squad.

     
  • Best-ever season for Palatine girls lacrosse Jun 2, 2014 9:19 PM
    Seven years ago, a group of Palatine High School girls approached Leslie Schock with the idea to start a lacrosse team. Schock, who at the time was already the head girls basketball coach at the school, obliged. She put together a team and now, in her eighth year, the Pirates enjoyed their finest campaign. They posted an impressive 15-3 record and won the Mid-Suburban League conference title for the second straight season with a 5-0 record.

     
  • Expect another team effort in John Hamann Golf Outing May 27, 2014 8:47 PM
    With two IHSA Class AA girls golf titles and one runner-up over the past three years, Prospect coach Jim Hamann has one of the most successful programs in the state. Now he is hoping for another successful ‘John Hamann Golf Outing’ on June 12 at the Maple Meadows Golf Club In Wood Dale. The ‘John Hamann Athletic Scholarship Fund’ was founded in 2010 after the passing of the long time Willowbrook High School teacher, basketball coach and golf coach John Hamann. John’s wife Jalaine, his daughter Julie, his sons Jim and Jeff, and daughters in law Katie and Gina have been instrumental in honoring John’s legacy at the high school.

     
  • Frericks, Johnson excel at Illinois Wesleyan May 26, 2014 10:10 PM
    Two former Warren standouts have earned postseason baseball accolades. Illinois Wesleyan’s Joe Frericks and Jeff Johnson were named to the all-Central Region squads chosen by D3baseball.com. Frericks batted .335 and led the team with 61 hits, 15 doubles, 6 homers and 43 RBI, while Johnson had a 6-3 record with a 3.53 earned run average and led IWU with 69 strikeouts in 79.0 innings.

     
  • Gotlund’s got an Excellence medal May 19, 2014 4:27 PM
    Northern Illinois University senior Kim Gotlund, a member of the women’s gymnastics team, has been named a recipient of the first Mid-American Conference Medals of Excellence. The Medal of Excellence is a new award that will be presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete from each league school.

     
  • Smoldering finish for Smoy at Knox May 19, 2014 4:19 PM
    Erik Smoy is finishing his career at Knox College in style. He has been named to the Midwest Conference All-South Division baseball team for the third consecutive time. The Prairie Fire outfielder is one of the 10 position players named to the team. Smoy, who excelled at Hoffman Estates in high school, hit .349 with 1 home run, 49 RBI, a team-high 53 hits, 26 runs and 11 stolen bases.

     
  • Warren’s Sowa is a hit at Drake May 12, 2014 8:04 PM
    Drake freshman Megan Sowa, a former Warren standout, was named to the Missouri Valley all-conference first team. Sowa has established herself at the plate and in the outfield for the Bulldogs in her first season. The freshman is hitting a team-leading .393 behind a team-high 55 hits and also leads the team in triples with two, on-base percentage at .469 and is second in steals with seven. She has started the last 47 games and appeared in 50 this season. She has flashed a solid glove in left field with just one error, 68 putouts and a stellar .986 fielding percentage.

     
  • Babicz brothers come up big for DePaul May 12, 2014 8:01 PM
    The DePaul track and field teams capped its 2014 Big East season in outstanding fashion on Sunday afternoon at Villanova University in Philadelphia. And two former Prospect standouts played their parts. The Blue Demon men posted 166 points to grab second place in the conference behind host Villanova. DePaul senior and Propect grad Matt Babicz was named the Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.

     
  • Mack on the attack with Grinnell May 5, 2014 8:00 PM
    Sophomore Anthony Mack is having quite a year for the Grinnell College baseball team. The former Libertyville standout is leading the team in many offensive categories and is also among the leaders in the nation with his .448 batting average.

     
  • Weber ready to direct Wheeling girls basketball program May 5, 2014 7:21 PM
    A new era for girls basketball at Wheeling High School is about to begin as Matt Weber has been chosen to direct the program. The former football player at Augustana College and Buffalo Grove High School has been teaching math and coaching multiple sports at Wheeling the last seven years.

     
  • Schaumburg’s Felde finds a fit at Illinois State Apr 28, 2014 7:33 PM
    Shannon Felde one day wishes to aid people with medical issues. “I’ve always wanted to become a nurse,” said the Schaumburg junior pitcher. She also loves softball. “I couldn’t imagine my life without softball,” she said. So Felde has her game plan all set. The Illinois State recruit plans to study community health education in her four years on the Normal campus while playing the sport she loves.

     
  • Libertyville’s Joshi commits to Iona Apr 21, 2014 1:16 PM
    Devika Joshi led Libertyville’s girls water polo team in goals, assist and steals as a junior. Wildcats fans are seeing much more of the same from the senior this season. And in less than year, it will be collegiate fans seeing the skills of Joshi. Last week, she made a verbal commitment to play for Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.

     
  • Bauries tackles a future at Concordia Apr 21, 2014 1:11 PM
    After his senior season last fall, David Bauries earned high praise from Hoffman Estates football coach Mike Donatucci. “David is one of the most disciplined kids I have ever coached,” he said. “He is very instinctive and a great team leader.” Bauries had decided to take those leadership skills and his astute tackling ability to Concordia University in Wisconsin.

     
  • Rowland finishing strong at Towson Apr 14, 2014 12:17 PM
    Not only has Melanie Rowland closed out her swimming career in strong fashion at Towson University, but she has done the same in the classroom. For the second consecutive year, the Vernon Hills High School graduate was named the Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award winner for women’s swimming.

     
  • Solorio looks forward to basketball at Illinois College Apr 14, 2014 12:22 PM
    Three-sport athlete Melissa Solorio of Elk Grove recently decided her basketball future will be at Illinois College in Jacksonville.

     
  • Area quartet sparks Augustana women’s lacrosse Apr 7, 2014 5:51 PM
    Augustana’s women’s lacrosse has yet to face defeat this spring. And helping the Vikings to all nine of their wins this spring have been four familiar faces to area fans. In a 21-3 triumph over visiting Loras, the Vikings improved to 3-0 in Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference. Freshman Madi Stoneman (Libertyville) shared scoring honors with 3 goals. Emily Handrahan of Lake Zurich added 2 goals and 3 assists while Gina Filippo (Libertyville) added an assist and Maggie DelVecchio (Barrington) had a goal. The local girls will be in Dupage County today playing Benedictine (1-7, 0-2) in Lisle.

     
  • St. Viator’s Halpin earns ESCC Hall of Fame honors Apr 7, 2014 6:30 PM
    At the age of 70, Jack Halpin is still going strong. He can’t imagine leaving coaching.“High school golf coaches never retire,” he said. “It is the best job on earth and I forever thank St. Viator and their former president (Father Charles Bolser CSV) for asking me to be part of the Viatorian community.” Bolser sure knew what he was doing when he hired Halpin. On Thursday, Halpin will be part of the ninth class of inductees to the East Suburban Catholic League Hall of Fame.

     
  • Hersey’s Fendley nets IBCA recognition Mar 31, 2014 9:02 PM
    For the second time in four years, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has recognized Hersey’s Mary Fendley. The Huskies girls basketball coach has been voted an IBCA co-coach of the year. Her team enjoyed a 25-5 season with all its losses coming to two teams — Class AA state-runnerup Rolling Meadows and Mid-Suburban League runner-up Prospect.

     
  • Libertville’s Mack goes on the attack for Grinnell Mar 31, 2014 9:02 PM
    The bat of Grinnell College’s Anthony Mack sure warmed up in sunny Florida. So much so that Mack was named NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The sophomore shortstop from Libertyville turned in some impressive numbers during the Pioneers’ spring games in Florida.

     
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